Former Fiorentina coach dies of cancer

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 29/03/2018

Former Fiorentina manager Emiliano Mondonico has died after losing his battle with cancer.

Mondonico’s death was confirmed on Thursday morning, just 20 days after he turned 71 and he has been fighting cancer for seven years and was forced to retire from coaching in 2012.

As a player, he wore the shirts of Cremonese, Torino and Atalanta and he was a well-respected figure within Italian football.

He then went into coaching, taking Cremonese into Serie A in 1984, before reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup with Atalanta five years later.

Spells at Torino, which included a run to the 1992 UEFA Cup Final, were sandwiched by a return to Atalanta, although he failed to keep Napoli in the top flight during the 2000-01 campaign.

The former winger also managed Fiorentina, Atalanta and Napoli before finishing his career in 2012 after he was sacked by Novara.